Mrs Wong-Mah Jia Lan LEAD Academy

Learning to become an effective leader


"Practice is the hardest part of learning. Training is the essence of transformation."

- Ann Voskamp, Canadian author


To promote leadership development and provide opportunities for all current and potential student leaders, the tiered leadership system encourages a systematic growth pathway for students to apply what they have learnt and advocate for causes with social impact. Named after SUSS's core philosophy of Head, Heart and Habit, the three tiers are open to both full-time and part-time students and promotion to upper tiers is based on the fulfilment of tier criteria.

TierDetails Topics

Aim: Create awareness of the various leadership competencies one can develop in hopes of inspiring all students to grow in their leadership capacities

Open to all SUSS students, regardless of their prior leadership experience

  • Maximising self
  • Developing teams
  • Risk and emergency management
  • Wellness and support
  • Sustainability leadership
  • Diversity and inclusion

Aim: Encourage student leaders’ hearts to serve and promotes the application of leadership competencies and knowledge in the leaders’ various spheres of influence

Open to SUSS student leaders currently serving in a leadership capacity in a student group or involved in leading a project with a duration of at least 3 months

  • Effective facilitation
  • Leading by influence
  • Peer-to-peer coach training
  • Platform-specific skills development


[To be launched in 2024]

Aim: Propel student leaders’ potential in advocating for social impact and in turn, building habits for the students’ sustainable success

Open to Stewards (selected SUSS student leaders)

  • Leadership expedition
  • Personal coaching
  • Internal and external representation 
  • Adaptive leadership workshop 

The yearly XL121 programme provides personalised mentorship and leadership development opportunities to students who are leading SUSS-wide projects or plan to lead SUSS projects.

Each student on the programme will receive one-to-one mentorship and work with their mentors to curate a personalised leadership plan journey to build skills and enhance leadership effectiveness as they accumulate experience.

This programme is open to all SUSS students.

Leadership Development Opportunities
  • Dedicated mentor - leadership coaching by CEL/Industry professionals
  • Leadership project that allows for leadership practice throughout the year
  • Targeted leadership training
  • Networking sessions with other SUSS student leaders and industry leaders
  • Leadership conferences (local/overseas)
Pre-requisiteYear 1-3 SUSS undergraduates with leadership experience within the past 3 years
Commitment Period

Students on this programme must commit to the following:

  1. Attend at least 2 networking sessions of your choice
  2. Lead a SUSS project/projects over the period of 1 year
  3. Quarterly meet-up with your assigned mentor
  4. Attend Facilitation Skills and Strengths Finder training
  5. Attend Adaptive Leadership Workshop (3 days). Dates to be confirmed, based on the availability of successful applicants.
  6. Attend 1 Local or Overseas conference (Optional)

Registration for 2023 will commence soon.

For more information, please contact the Office of Student Life.

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